Analysis Of Shakespeare's 'My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun'

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Love Has No Boundaries “Love is the absence of judgment,” written and spoken by the great Dalai Lama. When a person truly loves another, their judgment goes insane to insure their love never changes. Unconditional love is defined as an affection without any limitation or conditions, meaning no matter the appearances or the distance apart true love will always be there. Both Shakespeare and Browning discuss their unconditional love through liberating boundaries and appearances. In Shakespeare’s “My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”, and Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee?”, the speakers’ imagery of their love for their partners symbolizes the unconditional love each speaker possesses. Shakespeare wanted to break away from social norms while writing many of his poems. In his sonnet “My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun”, Shakespeare changed the traditional manners in which a man in love would talk to about his partner. His break of the social nor was to use unromantic metaphors about his lover such as, her hair, smell, and looks. “If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head” (line 4), being told her hair looks like wires is nothing a woman wants to hear from a man. He continues to compare her looks to horrific object like her breath, “And in some perfumes is there more delight/ Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.” (lines 6-7). The reason Shakespeare continues to compare his love with ugly metaphors is to prove his unconditional love for her. To him no matter her looks he will always love her, Shakespeare believes that nothing pleasant can be compared to his perfect partner so he must see her imperfections. She is perfect for him because she has the imperfections which make her unique. With all the comparisons of unromantic descriptions, Shakespeare pours out his expression of true love. To him “… I think my love as rare” (line 12), in the poem that line confesses his love to the audience ending the thought that he could not possibly love her after being unromantic. With his unromantic gestures, comparison of appearance, and his belief of his rare love Shakespeare expresses the unconditional love. Unlike Shakespeare, Browning uses a more traditional technique in expression her love
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